Where I’ll be this weekend: DragonCon 2013 and Decatur Book Festival 2013

I’ll be in Atlanta and Decatur this coming weekend, double-booked at DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival. The panels are an interesting mix and I will do my utmost to justify the price of admission. Come by and say hi! DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL My Literary Brother Saturday 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage Saturday “Austin and Lev Grossman are more than identical twins . They’re writers. Austin also consults on video game designs and has had his writing appear in several newspapers. Lev pens fantasy and science... Read the Rest →


Upcoming Appearances

It is the summer of cons for me. I’ll be at: ReaderCon, July 11-14 in Burlington MA San Diego Comic Con, July 18-21 in San Diego CA DragonCon, August 30-September 2 in Atlanta GA Decatur Book Festival, August 30-September 1 in Atlanta GA (simultaneous manifestation!)   If you see me, say hi!


Wield the Black Blade! Mournblade Mod for Skyrim is now available.

Now you too can embark on a lonely vampiric destiny with a game-breaking, life-destroying black runeblade at your side! Wield the black blade! It will suck the soul from any opponent for instant lethality, imbuing your own character with its power.  But it will also slowly drain your life down to nothing. Only the cycle of killing will sustain you! Destroy enemies first and bring justice to the land, before you are forced to turn on your friends and allies. Kill plot-related characters, take charge of your own story. Become the... Read the Rest →


Electronic Entertainment Expo: the novel

The glorious E3 of 2013 has come and gone! E3 is really an unforgettable experience, a trade show where all the major console and game developers converge at the Staples Center in LA and demo next year’s games in one massive multimillion dollar LED and sub-woofer driven End of Days. It is both extremely fun and totally overwhelming. I’m posting a few excerpts from the chapter of my novel describing the experience of showing off a game there and running a live demo and having it go horribly, horribly wrong.... Read the Rest →


Praise for YOU

“A razor-sharp comedy [and] a smart meditation on the nature of gaming” —Boston Globe “You is the first literary product of gamer culture.” —The Guardian [UK] “Some of the most startling, acute writing on video games yet essayed” —Tom Bissell, Harper’s Magazine “A fever dream of fantasy combat and galactic exploration” — “Grossman uses You as a tool to prise open the mystical center of what art is, what games are, what fun is, and how they all mix together…Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.” —Cory Doctorow, author of Homeland and Little Brother “A... Read the Rest →


YOU: a novel is on sale!

All the blood, sweat, tears, friendship, betrayal, long nights, frozen screens, sudden inspirations, joy, exaltation of hardcore game development, now available in novel form! I’m happy to say that Amazon and iTunes are both featuring it as Editor’s Picks for the month of April!  Or you can go indie! Cory Doctorow has written a nice account of it at Boing Boing.


Mad Science: San Diego 2/22 at Mysterious Galaxy

On Friday February 22 I’ll be at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego to promote The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams, who’ll be there as well. I was happy with my story in the anthology, and now that I’ve read it I can say that the whole thing came out incredibly well!  It’s a great theme for anthology and the contributors seriously stepped up. I’ll read from the story, we’ll talk about mad science, and generally make things awesome. Full event information here:


Quarterly Update: Dishonored shipped! YOU is in copy edit! Other stuff!

People have been mocking my web site, and with some justice. I’m someone who works on various projects simultaneously, and there should be a way of knowing what they all are and what’s happening with them. At the moment my site doesn’t pass even that basic test. DISHONORED came out in October. It’s a game from Arkane Studios, which I did some writing for, although it was very much a communal effort. Thus, I can say that it came out pretty great. It’s on PC, PS3, XBox 360. It’s an... Read the Rest →


Under the Hood

This is what my novel YOU looks like at the moment.   Everyone always tells you to make notecards, and even though I hate taking any kind of writing advice ever, I have to admit this is kind of cool.  It’s nice to be able to look at the whole thing at once.    


Book News Recap!

I have signed a deal with Mulholland Books – a really exciting new imprint at Little Brown & Co – for two novels, forthcoming in 2012 and 2013. “You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.” The first book is called YOU, and it’s about games, gaming, and game development. I love novels about games – Dream Park, Alice in Wonderland, Player of Games, and of course Ender’s Game. I love paging through D&D Modules and RPG Manuals and letting my imagination run. I have spent an inexcusable... Read the Rest →


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